Jenice Kathryn Molitor, the daughter of Thomas and Olive (Olsen) Engesser, was born on October 9, 1936, in Balaton, MN. Jenice lived on a farm near Balaton. She attended country school near Balaton and graduated from Russell High School in the class of 1954. Jenice helped her sister and brother-in-law by babysitting their children for a few years. She met the love of her life, Gordie Molitor at a pool hall in Green Valley, MN. Together they were united in marriage on May 25, 1957, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy, MN. Five children were born to this union Todd, Tim, Toby, Tammy, and Troy.
Jenice worked for the 4-H office for a few years and also helped her aunt and uncle in Minneapolis. In 1959, they moved to Marshall to begin Gordie’s career at Schwans Foods Company. During Gordie’s employment for Schwans, Jenice and her family lived several places including Holstein, IA, Altoona, WI, Eau Claire, WI, and Marshall. Jenice decided to stay at home to care for their children. She made every attempt to attend school functions and sporting events, always being their biggest fan.
In 1973, Jenice and Gordie built a small cabin on Lake Miltona and later built their retirement home just down the road. Many weekends and summertime fun were spent enjoying lake life with family and friends. They also enjoyed spending winter getaways at their home in Scottsdale, AZ.
Some of Jenice’s hobbies included: golfing, playing bridge and cards, cooking, traveling, and reading. Spending time with her family was the most important part of Jenice’s life. She loved watching her kids and grandchildren with school-related activities and their time at her lake home.
Jenice was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to many. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gordie Molitor; brothers, Rodney Engesser, Milo Engesser, Franklin Engesser, Thorval Engesser, and Merlin Engesser; sisters, Pat DeVoss, Audrey DeVoss, Jacquelyn Marquardt, and Mary Dirck.
She is survived by her daughter Tammy (Molitor) Ziegenhagen and her husband Bill of Fargo, ND; sons Todd Molitor and his wife Janet of Kimberly, ID, Tim Molitor of Blaine, MN, Toby Molitor and his wife Tina of Glenwood, MN, and Troy Molitor and his wife Kimberly of Sartell, MN; Grandchildren Libby (Cody) Griffith of Kimberly, ID, Devon (Ramey) Molitor of Jerome, ID, Blake Molitor of Scottsdale, AZ, Shea Molitor of Chicago, IL, Nicholas (Samantha) Molitor of Glenwood, MN, Kristi (Kirk) Arendes of Moorhead, MN, Kara Ziegenhagen of Fargo, ND, Madison Molitor of Sartell, MN, Rylee Molitor of Sartell, MN and Bodyn Molitor of Sartell, MN; great-grandchildren Harlow and Miles Griffith of Kimberly, ID, Macie and McCoy Molitor of Jerome, ID, Savannah Arendes of Moorhead, MN and Faith and Alex Ziegenhagen of Fargo, ND.
Casket Bearers are Nick Molitor, Rylee Molitor, Devon Molitor, Blake Molitor, Shea Molitor, and Bodyn Molitor. Honorary Casket Bearers are Pat Haberman, Bill Farago, Penny Wagner, Carol Meyer, Cleone Sherman, and Elizabeth Aschberner.
Jenice Kathryn Molitor, age 83 of Alexandria and formerly of Marshall, MN, died on Friday, September 25, 2020.
A walk-through visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Friday October 2, 2020 at Rehkamp Horvath Funeral Home in Marshall, MN.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 11 AM at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall, MN. This Mass will be live streamed from the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church website at: http://www.holy-redeemer.com/live.html
Interment will follow the service at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Marshall
In lieu of flowers, Jenice and her family requested donations to the Centre Care Hospice 2035 15th St N, St Cloud, MN 56303.